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Silently Soaring on Fingered Wings.....

By SammyRatFan    
I spotted this Red Kite whilst on a trip around Woburn Safari Park. He/She was one of a pair that were soaring high, hoping to steal a little carrion from the Lions. It was a beautiful sight to see.

I am not very good at Photoshop etc, but I did adjust the background as it was a very grey day, I also adjusted the levels on the Kite so it stands out much better than my original photo.

Please feel free to add a modification as I am trying to learn how to get the best from my photos SmileSmileSmileSmile

Thanks For Looking, and all the votes and comments on previous uploads, much appreciated SmileSmile

Tags: Nature Birds Wild Kite Birds of prey Red kite Wildlife and nature

Voters: andylea, Hermanus, Derek_Fearn and 52 more

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Comments


Hermanus 4 4 South Africa
5 Mar 2013 5:38PM
This is a great capture !! very well taken !

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5 Mar 2013 5:40PM
A well timed photo, Sammy!

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richmowil Plus
7 310 1 England
5 Mar 2013 5:52PM
Super capture!! Nice Image! I like it a lot!!
canonfan 6 7 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2013 5:58PM
A fantastic image Well captured with lots of detail
Jim
Mrsbass 3 2 1 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2013 6:03PM
Really great capture - brilliant shot
johnke 3 223 15
5 Mar 2013 6:36PM
A good capture a BIF is not an easy thing...John
Tish1 Plus
3 16 1 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2013 6:43PM
Absolutely Brilliant.

Tish
5 Mar 2013 8:35PM
Excellent capture of a really magnificent bird!
George
ColinEJ 10 21 17 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2013 9:47PM
You have a good capture, sharp and no missing bits of wings and tail. You obviously have good technical panning technique, because Red Kites are the masters of flight and will jink and turn in the wink of an eye, so very well done.

However, your exposure was a little off and it has made the Red Kite a little dark and I note you mention that you had lightened it a little already. The shot was darker than you hoped, because you used program AE and multi segmented metering, which is fine if the Red Kite was against trees in the background. When it is against sky, the sky is very bright and that adversely affects the meter, which will compensate and try to darken the whole scene down to what it considers to be a good average. When you recognise a situation like this, consider using exposure compensation of around +1.5 stops and then you are exposing for the bird and disregarding the effect of the sky.

Hope that helps and I have also uploaded a modified version, where I have brought out a little more detail.
5 Mar 2013 10:10PM

Quote:You have a good capture, sharp and no missing bits of wings and tail. You obviously have good technical panning technique, because Red Kites are the masters of flight and will jink and turn in the wink of an eye, so very well done.

However, your exposure was a little off and it has made the Red Kite a little dark and I note you mention that you had lightened it a little already. The shot was darker than you hoped, because you used program AE and multi segmented metering, which is fine if the Red Kite was against trees in the background. When it is against sky, the sky is very bright and that adversely affects the meter, which will compensate and try to darken the whole scene down to what it considers to be a good average. When you recognise a situation like this, consider using exposure compensation of around +1.5 stops and then you are exposing for the bird and disregarding the effect of the sky.

Hope that helps and I have also uploaded a modified version, where I have brought out a little more detail.





I am always unsure what program is best to use, I usually try different settings and take a lot of shots and see how they come out. I guess I should read up a bit more on the differences so I can make sure the modes are correct so I will get the best out of the subjects I shoot.

Thanks for your help, comment and vote , very much appreciated SmileSmile

Sammy
EAS 7 1 13 Scotland
5 Mar 2013 10:30PM
Nicely captured in-flight image. Thought Colin's comments very useful but know only too well the struggle for right settings!

Ann
Meheecho 3 275 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2013 8:25AM
A cracking image - and good advice from Colin---I'm still struggling with settings too so you're not aloneGrinGrinGrinGrin
Steve
Mike_Smith Plus
9 314 1 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2013 6:17PM
A great image, its nice to see one of these Kites
terryxc 4 7 England
7 Mar 2013 3:39AM
I think thats a terrific catch, don't know much about photoshop myself and still have a lot to learn, a guy told me that when the sky is a bit dull and grey to use a ND filter (neutral density), don't know if it will help as i've yet buy one to try it out, maybe someone can enlighten us a bit more.

Terry.
Can anyone enlighten myself and Terry about ND Filters?? Smile
8 Mar 2013 2:10PM
Great capture Sammy..Lin
8 Mar 2013 3:42PM
Great shot lovely detail. Aren't nd filters used when its too bright and you want a slower shutter speed or maybe want to use a wide aperture? Not sure but I am sure someone on here will knowSmile
JuBarney Plus
5 20 3 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2013 9:28PM
A lovely capture; I often try to catch buzzards.
Ju
ugly Plus
8 9 57 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2013 3:34PM
Great image to start with.
Mod 3 works best in my eye..

Well done..

Dave

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